2013 Reading List

I have decided that I want to read more. Reading can be awesome and unlike TV, it is difficult to eat while you read because it usually takes two hands to hold the book. Yes, I am guilty of plopping down in front of the TV at night with food almost every night! I try to workout after work but even so, a whole bag of pork rinds won’t do the body good. But also I just like reading.

Here is my booklist!

Fifty Shades Darker

A Slave in the White House

State of Fear – Michael Crichton

The Defining Decade – Meg Jay

The Last Policeman – Ben H. Winters

Escape From Camp 14 – Blaine Harden

No Easy Day – Mark Owen

Love Goes to Buildings on Fire – Will Hermes

The Wisdom of Psychopaths – Kevin Dutton

To Kill a Mockingbird

Dying to Know You – Aidan Chambers

Petrochemical America – Richard Misrach &
Kate Orff

Seating Arrangements – Maggie Shipstead

Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia
Marquez

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

Freedom – Jonathan Franzen

Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

East of Eden – John Steinbeck

Sula – Toni Morrison

Fall on Your Knees – Ann-Marie MacDonald

The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen

Cane River – Lalita Tademy

We Were the Mulvaneys – Joyce Carol Oates

Back Roads – Tawni O-Dell

She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb

Emile Zola – Therese Raquin

Safe Haven – Nicholas Sparks

Pride and Prejudice

Bringing up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel

If I Stay – Gayle Forman

Dare Me – Megan Abbott (added 12/7)

Many of these books are from Oprah’s reading club. The author of one was on the Colbert Report and it sounded awesome. My fiancé has been asking me to read another for about a year. I found a few others on interesting looking book lists. I just finished reading The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks. It was so good, like a typical Sparks book. I got bored for a while in the middle during all the predictable stuff and quit reading for a couple weeks, but then I got back into it. Before that I ready Fifty Shades of Gray. I honestly hated the first book. Guess that just isn’t my thing. My favorite part was the last few pages. I didn’t hate it because it was boring. I guess I would call it bothersome, for lack of a better word. Since I really really loved the ending, I want to read the next one in the series. I’m currently reading Skinny by Diana Spechler. It is kind of slow but I haven’t quit reading it, which I tend to do when I get bored. The next book I will read is The Shack by Wm. Paul Young. I bought it a while ago for some reason but started reading it and got bored within the first few pages, so I put it down. It has some type of award so I think I owe it to the book to read a little further before I quit reading it altogether. I will be providing short book reviews of all the books that I read in my totally un-expert opinion.